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STAR PREVIEW: Leicester City v Man City

Football is one of those sports with a big sense of Déjà vu and Leicester City and Manchester City face in the quarter-finals of the League Cup once again. This was one of a number of close shaves for City on their way to a Carabao Cup and Premier League double last season and heading towards Christmas, they are in the same position once again with bookmakers having them as favorites to win the Premier League  – despite being a point behind Liverpool.

Leicester are mid table and struggling for goals a little of late, but they do not appear to be in danger of any sort of relegation fight given the quality at the club. They have ground their way through to the quarter-finals, drawing 0-0 against Wolves and Southampton before winning penalty shootouts.

They played strong outfits for those encounters, with a starting lineup that included Ward, Simpson, Evans, Soyuncu, Fuchs, Diabate, Silva, Ndidi, Gray, Iheanacho, and Vardy, and it looks likely that they will field a similar, or perhaps even stronger side.

Manchester City continue to roll on. Perhaps the biggest news for them this week, regardless of the result tonight, was their draw against Schalke in the Champions League, a fine result given the litany of strong teams lurking in Pot 2. The League Cup wouldn’t be highest on their priority list but the sheer strength in depth they have means they will go far by default and against Fulham Guardiola started Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane, Fabian Delph, Kevin De Bryune, John Stones and Vincent Kompany with the highly rated Brahim Diaz scoring both goals.

They look just as strong as they did last season, when the two met at this stage and City eventually ended up going through after City took the game to extra time with a penalty right at the death of regular time. The second half introduction of Jamie Vardy and then Leicester City player Riyad Mahrez changed the game in the second half and it will be interesting to see which players make the bench for City.

Guardiola’s men have emerged largely victorious from a very tough run of fixtures, apart from defeat to Chelsea, but they’ve had to start fighting a little more recently. Wins against Bournemouth, Watford, Hoffenheim and to some extent Everton have been hard fought and this could be similar with more crucial Premier League fixtures on the way. It’s interesting to note that both teams have scored in all of those wins and City haven’t kept a clean sheet since their 4-0 win against West Ham.

Leicester City v Man City
Carabao Cup Quarter-Final
19:45 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event

(Maximum 10 matches)
FEB 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 5-1 Leicester
DEC 2017 EFL CUP Leicester 1-1 Manchester City (Manchester City won 4-3 on penalties)
NOV 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Leicester 0-2 Manchester City
MAY 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 2-1 Leicester
DEC 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Leicester 4-2 Manchester City
FEB 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 1-3 Leicester
DEC 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Leicester 0-0 Manchester City
MAR 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 2-0 Leicester
DEC 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Leicester City 0-1 Manchester City
DEC 2013 CAPITAL ONE CUP Leicester 1-3 Manchester City

The 5/6 on both teams to score – as happened last season – makes appeal and those who think City will be too strong can get 9/5 on City winning without a clean sheet.

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